Nowadays, enterprise software development is evolving at a fast pace. Every aspect of it is subjected to change: tactics, standards, tools, libraries, etc. Consequently, these changes bring new capabilities. As the business world becomes increasingly web-based, enterprise business applications play one of the leading roles for businesses. Below you’ll find some recent trends in enterprise software development for 2017 and beyond.
Let’s start with a definition. Enterprise security alludes to the protection of enterprise applications from various kinds of hacker attacks, privilege abuse, and data theft. The implementation of security measures helps enterprises to protect their software applications from international cyber-criminals.
A typical enterprise application includes the following architectural elements and processes:
- User interface services (such as an Active Server Pages user interface)
- Operating system services (like registry access and object pooling)
- Business process services (e.g. a distributed COM DLL component)
- Data transmission services (such as HTTP over the Internet)
- Database access services (like SQL Server)
- Access to non-database support files (e.g. a .prf user preferences file)
Enterprise application security means that each of these services must be available only to qualified users and be protected from unauthorized viewing, tampering, or modification.
Most common cyber crimes include major data breaches, bank heists, account hijacking, hacktivism, DDoS attacks – you name it. As a matter of fact, nowadays those cyber-criminals have become more tech-savvy, versatile and sophisticated so the demand for the proper security measures is only growing.
Like it or not, but security breaches happen on a daily basis because most applications still contain common vulnerabilities. Despite these alarming news, big companies aren’t taking security as seriously as it should be. But the day when enterprises will finally realize it’s not an issue that can be ignored is near at hand. Applications that are critical to a business’s operations are always at higher risk and therefore require much more than a baseline assessment.
This way, we can conclude that security will be a major trend in 2017 and so far.
The growth of cross-platform apps…
Surely enough, you won’t find an enterprise company which doesn’t want their legacy products to have a solid mobile presence. After all, who wouldn’t agree that mobile is overtaking the modern world?
As the Deloitte’s report says, mobility is varied – about 80% of global consumers use smartphones, about 10% of them own wearables, and more than 50% have tablets. What’s more, they are simply attached to their mobile screens: 93% of the consumers in emerging markets and 78% ones in developed markets look at their phone within an hour or less from the time ….they wake up).
So it’s no wonder that big corporations want to port their apps to the web, smartphone, and tablets. You may ask yourself: “What could possibly go wrong here?” The answer is crystal clear: many of these companies underestimate the fact that UX requirements between desktop apps, web-apps, smartphones, and tablets differ. This ignorance results in a wave of inconsistency in the UX design quality for their products.
Thus, we observe a major disruption in the enterprise app industry and legacy enterprise app companies will either transform or die. It’s becoming easier and easier for companies to migrate to newer, easier, and cheaper enterprise solutions and it is really interesting to see how quickly this is happening.
…and the correspondent development tools
This one is a trend in a trend. The growing market of development tools can create apps which are capable of running across mobile platforms. For the reasons mentioned above, the demand for those tools is expected to increase in the nearest future.
For instance, Forrester – one of most influential research and advisory firms - estimates that more than 60% of enterprises are already involved in cross-platform development. Moreover, IDC ( an American market research, analysis, and advisory firm) predicts that the market for cross-platform development tools will increase at the growth rate of more than 38%, reaching imposing $4.8 billion by the end of 2017.
“The enterprise most definitely likes the idea of building one version of mobile apps through a single workflow,” said IDC analyst Al Hilwa. “Cross-platform tools enable this approach.”
Here’s the top 10 list of tools providers worth your attention:
The evolution of development skills
As we concluded in the second paragraph, we’re witnessing a real rise of devices, both in terms of types and numbers. Each and every kind of these devices has a different set of functions, screen sizes, and generates different types of data.
What does it add to the list of trends? The evolution of development skills. These new technologies will drive new shifts in the profession. But, obviously, it doesn’t mean that existing skills will perish. On the contrary. Let’s hear Shawn Drost, Co-Founder, Hack Reactor on the matter:
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